Lessons For Longevity From Centenarians
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To help our readers to better understand how Blue Zone residents are able to live longer and healthier lives, allow us to share some of their tips and habits, below:
Blue Zones are regions of the world where a higher than usual number of people live much longer than average. The term first appeared in Dan Buettner‘s November 2005 National Geographic magazine cover story, “The Secrets of a Long Life”. Five “Blue Zones” have been posited: Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece); and among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, based on evidence showing why these populations live healthier and longer lives than others.
The concept of Blue Zones grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain outlined in the journal Experimental Gerontology, who identified Sardinia‘s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the “Blue Zone”. Together with demographers Pes and Poulain, Buettner broadened the term, applying it to validated longevity areas of Okinawa, Japan and among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. Buettner and Poulain, under the aegis of National Geographic, then identified and validated longevity hotspots in Nicoya, Costa Rica and Icaria, Greece.
Buettner mentions in his book that people are doing the right things for long enough, and avoiding the wrong things,” there are four main things that people in those zones do in order to live healthier and longer lives, and they consist of moving regularly, which does not consist of exercise alone, but doing daily energy burst habits throughout the day. The second aspect is living with purpose, having a reason to get up every day, and living with perspective. The third aspect of blue zone populations is the social support they receive from friends and family allowing them to move through life outcomes more smoothly. Fourth but not least is the concept that most still do not understand, which is making the “healthy choice the easy choice“, and not just an option. Living by these four concepts brings longevity and mental and physical benefits to one’s life and society.
The foods that people living to 100+ — in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece and Loma Linda, CA. (aka Blue Zones) — eat, in the video published on Jul 8, 2020, “What The Longest Living People Eat Every Day | Blue Zone Kitchen Author Dan Buettner“, below:
In this episode of TechKnow, we explore the regions where people enjoy a longer life of good health, regions known as Blue zones, in the video published on Apr 16, 2017, “Longevity: Journey into the blue zone | TechKnow“, below:
Travelers from other countries are drawn here by more than just ancient architecture and ruins of great Hellas. Greece is a country of thousands of islands. Its territory spans almost 1500 pieces of land surrounded by three seas: Aegean, Ionic and Mediterranean. In 2014, the average lifespan in Greece was 79.5 years which places Greece seventeenth in the world. But that’s not the most important thing. This country has its own Olympus of longevity – Ikaria, a small island in the Aegean sea. Research shows that Greeks reach the age of ninety two and a half times as often as people in any other European state. Ikaria owes its name to a hero from Greek mythology. The legend goes, Heracles buries the body of Icarus among these misty cliffs. Archeological excavations show that the first Greek settlements on the island appeared as early as in the 10th century BC. Modern Icaria stands for two towns and 60 villages with the total population of 9000 people. As life expectancy continues to soar, more and more of us are living to well over the age of 100. We ask some of the oldest people in the world the question everyone wants answered: what is the secret to long life? In the video published on Feb 4, 2021, “Greece, The Oldest People In The World (Episode 6) | Full Documentary“, below:
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic fellow and founder of The Blue Zones Project, a well-being improvement initiative launched in over 40 cities across the United States. It also inspired a cookbook called “The Blue Zones Kitchen,” based on the diet of people who live in these zones living long and healthy lives. Buettner tells Hari exactly what makes these places so special to him, in the video published on Jan 17, 2020, “Want to Live to 100? Dan Buettner Tells You How | Amanpour and Company“, below:
So you want to live to be 100? The answers to living a long and happy life may come from Japan which has the longest average life expectancy in the world (83.84 years) and where 2 million people are over the age of 90. Believe it or not, 6 of the top 10 oldest people alive are from Japan including Nabi Tajima of Kagoshima who is 117 years old and the last human alive born in the 19th century! How did so many Japanese get to live so long? What are some of the things Japanese do right? In the video published on April 1, 2018, “Why Japanese Live So Long * ONLY in Japan“, below:
USA. Statistics shows that one in 5000 Americans lives to the age of 100 years with the exception of California, a sunny state on the western coast of the US. The state’s longevity metrics are bigger because of the small town of Loma Linda. Today this city with the population of 20 thousand people can easily be called the American capital of centenarians, in the video published on Jan 23, 2021, “USA. The Oldest People In The World (Episode 1) | Full Documentary“, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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